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International Table Football set to touchdown in Fremantle

The final Australian event on the 2017-18 FISTF Calendar is set to be played this Saturday as players from across Australia and Singapore head west for the Perth International Open.

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Held at the beautiful Fremantle Town Hall, competition is sure to be hot this year with Singapore’s Benny Ng and Tan Yew Loy headlining the international challengers for the title.

Local favourites include Western Flickers’ Steve Wright and Perth’s Ross McNulty and Alan Kimber who have been training hard to take victory on home soil.

Perth players at a recent WASPA Tournament

Perth players at a recent WASPA Tournament

The field is full of tournament experience with John Harty, Bev Bone and Chris Thorn having played recently at the Singapore Grand Prix, while Hugh Best returns from his appearance at the Japan Grand Prix last weekend.

As part of the football festivities, a football collectors fair will also be held on the day.              More information about the collectors fair can be found here:   www.facebook.com/events/175506096656388

The ATFA would like to wish all players good luck for the tournament and we hope you have a thoroughly enjoyable weekend!

Chris Thorn and John Harty at the 2017 Perth IO

Chris Thorn and John Harty at the 2017 Perth IO

Sports Table Football, or “Subbuteo” as it is widely known, is a game based on association football. For many years it was marketed as “the replica of Association Football” or “Table Soccer”.

Entry for spectators is free and we encourage people of all ages to come down and watch. There are spare tables on hand for beginners to try out the game. For anyone interested in playing Subbuteo table football, this would be the perfect opportunity to come down and see what all the excitement is about.

Perth International Open

Saturday July 28

Fremantle Town Hall

8 William St, Fremantle WA 6160

Follow the action at: www.facebook.com/SubbuteoAustralia

 

World Cup Squad Announcement

WC2018Today the Australian Table Football Association announced the players who will represent Australia at the upcoming FISTF World Cup to be held in Gibraltar from September 1-2, 2018.

5 Australians will compete across three Individual Categories on Saturday the 1st with two players (Robert Green and Fabrizio Coco) possessing previous World Cup Experience.

On Sunday the 2nd Australia will compete in the teams event for the first time since the 1994 World Cup with Robert Green captaining the team.

Robert Green in Action at the 2014 World Cup

Robert Green in Action at the 2014 World Cup

Preparations for the tournament are well underway with the players training hard in their respective states in the lead-up to the to tournament. The team will assemble in Gibraltar in the days prior to the tournament and will play an International Friendly against the USA to complete preparations on Thursday August 30.

The ATFA would like to wish all the players the very best of luck for the tournament and we look forward to updating you all with the teams progress as they prepare for and compete in the tournament.

Team Australia at the 2018 FISTF World Cup:

Individual Categories:

U19:
Benji Batten (Melbourne TFC)

OPEN:
Fabrizio Coco (Sydney TFC)
Paul Mercer (Northern Phoenix TFC)

VETERANS:
Robert Green (Northern Falcons TFC)
Hugh Best (Subbuteo Perth)

Teams Category:
OPEN TEAM:
Benji Batten, Fabrizio Coco, Paul Mercer, Robert Green (C), Hugh Best

Team Officials:

Steve Dettre (Northern Falcons TFC)
Vincenzo Coco (Sydney TFC)

WASPA World Rankings – July 2018

WASPA World Rankings for both the Opens and Junior categories are in for July. In the Opens, Western Flickers’ Benny Ng maintains daylight between himself and second placed Fabrizio Coco of Sydney TFC, while Oliver Ollnow of Northern Falcons TFC holds the lead in the Juniors, ahead of Benjamin Ng of Western Flickers. There are currently 126 Australian players in the Open rankings and, in the Juniors (a new system only set up a few months ago), 24 players.

To see the full rankings, click here.

ATFA Committee Nominations and Elections

On Sunday, August 5, ATFA will be holding its annual general meeting, at Good Games Bella Vista in Sydney, from 3PM. As with last year’s meeting, all ATFA members are invited to participate – a Facebook video conference will be set up for those around the country (and, indeed, the world!) to be able to tune in. The main item on the agenda for the meeting will be the election of the ATFA Committee for the 2018/19 season.

To that end, nominations are now open for the Committee. As per our constitution, ATFA Members are able to nominate any other ATFA Member (i.e. you can’t nominate yourself) for a position on the Committee, as long as it is SECONDED by another member AND agreed to by the nominee. Members are free to make as many nominations as they like.

The committee consists of 7 people. 4 of those are Office Bearers and the other 3 are Committee Advisors. The roles for each are outlined below.

If you are a member and would like to nominate someone, fill in the details below. Please note, ALL info requested must be supplied in order for the nomination to be valid.

Nominations due : 11:59PM, Saturday, July 28
Voting : Monday, July 30 – 11:59PM Saturday, August 4

DESCRIPTIONS

Office Bearers

President : oversees the Committee. In conjunction with the Committee, the President sets dates for, and convenes Committee meetings as required, including the compulsory Annual General Meeting following the close of each financial year; presides as chairperson over all Committee meetings.

current member – Benji Batten (Melbourne TFC)

Vice President : assists the Committee President in all the President’s duties.

current member – Raffaele Lombard (Sydney TFC)

Treasurer : oversees ATFA’s monetary concerns: the running of ATFA’s bank account; supplying annual profit/loss overviews to the Committee and ATFA Membership; keeping records of all expenses and income.

current member – Eliot Kennedy (Northern Falcons TFC)

Secretary General : is responsible for: supplying all documentation required by FISTF in regards to ATFA club and player memberships; FISTF tournament registrations and results or any other necessary documents; keep minutes of all committee or general meetings.

current member – Peter Thomas (Melbourne TFC)

Ordinary Committee Members

Committee Advisor (Communications Officer) : is responsible for communications to the Australian Subbuteo community, including: the upkeep and co-ordination of the ATFA website; the ATFA calendar; the ATFA mailing list.

current member – Adrian Elmer (Subbuteo Parramatta)

Committee Advisor (General) (x2) : offers advice and assistance to the rest of the Committee in relation to all decisions made at the Committee level.

current members – Christos Garagounis (Northern Phoenix TFC), Hugh Best (Subbuteo Perth)

All Committee Members will be equally responsible for the discussion and decision making processes for any issue required of the Committee. It is expected that all Committee Members will be proactive in promoting Subbuteo Table Football in their local context and will undertake all their table footballing duties, including Committee membership, with the best interests of the game in Australia at heart.

2018 World Cup Doubles Tournament – Sydney

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41 years ago, 50 members of Sydney’s Subbuteo crowd staged their own ‘World Cup’. This was the famous ‘Doubles’ format, with players adopting a national team: Geoff Sirmai and Johnny Rado as Hungary; Don and Gary Hosie as England; Martin and Eliot Kennedy as Australia, and so on! Matches produced plenty of drama, fun and spectacular goals.

In conjunction with the forthcoming FIFA World Cup, Northern Falcons TFC and Subbuteo Parramatta are combining to host another ‘World Cup’ (Doubles) on Sunday, July 1, 2018, with some additional rules about pairings.

Entry will be $7 per player.

Pairs will be drawn before the event, with a more experienced player being drawn with a newbie or beginner. Any team comprising a beginner will get THREE free-shots before the match, and will start with however many goals they score!!
If two players want to pre-nominate as a pair, they can, but then the entry fee is $14 each.
Teams composed of relatives (father – son – daughter – uncle – mother etc) will get ONE free-shot before the match (unless one is a newbie!!)
Pairings who wear the national strip of their nominated country will get a bonus point in their group table.
Any national team is valid.
If you want to select your team, that’s another $10 fee!
Otherwise all teams will be assigned with a random draw, comprised of the teams playing at the World Cup in Russia.
All money will go towards the organisation of the AGP19!!

This is a great chance to bring along a friend, as Doubles is a good introduction to the game. Advice on the run from their team mate will help less experienced players.

The tournament will be held at Good Games Bella Vista – Lower Podium H143, 24-32 Lexington Drive, Bella Vista, Sydney. Players should arrive at midday and the first round of games will begin at 12:30PM. Register below by midnight, Thursday, June 28. Pairings will be drawn on Friday, June 29.

Special rules for the doubles format can be found by clicking here.

McNulty wins in Morley!

SUBBUTEO PERTH & JURONG CENTRAL SINGAPORE WASPA TOURNAMENT May 2018.

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Yet again for the 3rd year running we welcomed our mercurial Singaporean friend Irwan Iskandar for a night of WASPA flicking at Good Games in Morley on a cool drizzly Wednesday evening. In the round of games to determine final league placings before finals Ron Byrne took on Irwan Iskandar but couldnt hold him off and after a vaillant effort the Perth Evertonian lost out 2-0 in the end as the pressure mounted. Chris Thorn got off to a bad start in his game against Ross McNulty and was 4-0 down at the HT interval, the Wiley former club president and club founder was much improved in the second half though and got a goal back with minutes left to go and was basically much more solid and resilient in the whole of second half to his credit. Next up was the much anticipated clash and derby between the two Singaporeans in Marc Ryan and Irwan, we expected a tight game but Marc ran away with a 5-0 win making him yet again the favorite for this tournament as he has been for every Perth tournament played so far and with an unbeaten record in his 6mths or so at Subbuteo Perth to defend. Marc Ryan took on Rockey Ronny(Ron Bryne) and yet again was defenceless as Marc went on to hit him for 6 without reply but again not a bad result given the quality of Subbuteo he dishes out for fun. Chris Thorn played Irwan Iskandar and the Singaporean proved to difficult to handle rasping in 3 stunning strikes to leave the Morangup boy with much food for thought. Hugh Best was next up and after a routine 3 nil defeat to the imperious Marc Ryan he took on Ross McNulty on the dodgy pitch of slant(as we called it) and after breaking away through the middle approaching HT Hughey poked home what proved to be his first win in nearly 3yrs against his friend and arch rival, again McNulty was quick to hug and congratulate his team mate and the onlooking referee Chris Thorn lauded the moment for what is was although Hughey to this day is still insistent that pitch was awful, but like I said both players are disadvantaged generally so no excuses on my part whatsoever in what was beginning to turn into a very interesting night results wise. Due to the pitch problems we had and our inability to fix up the problems we only had the one pitch so we were forced into 8 fixtures being classified as draws as the night wore on so final standings before finals read:

..P. W. D. L. F. A. PTS.

1/Marc Ryan. 5. 3. 3. 0. 16. 2. 11
2/Irwan. 5. 2. 2. 1. 8. 8. 8
3/McNulty. 5. 1. 3. 1. 6. 4. 6
4/Best. 5. 1 3. 1 4. 6. 4
4/Thorne. 5. 0. 3. 2. 3. 9. 3
5/Byrne. 5. 0. 3. 2. 2. 10. 3

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SEMI FINALS:

Marc Ryan took on Hugh Best in the first Semi Final and yet again produced a masterclass as he ran Best ragged with relentless incision and at half time took in a 3-0 lead, Best gathers himself in the second half and had a few breaks of his own but Marc stepped up and converted two more goals to send a clear message to the other waiting Semi finalists in the following game. McNulty took on Iskandar and theres never been any shortage of goals between these two as they simply do not park the bus when they meet they go toe for toe and blow for blow, after a good start from Iskandar McNulty began to ease into the game an created a few chances but back came Iskandar who fashioned a few half chances himself before heading into the break at 0-0. The second half again was tit for tat but ultimately midway through a quick break caught Iskander with barely any defensive numbers and a shot low clipped in off the right hand post and put McNulty in form control. Iskandar waged a desperate attempt to salvage a draw and poured forward in numbers but McNulty held firm to reach the final.

FINAL:

Marc Ryan started well and clipped an unstoppable shot off the underside of the crossbar and back onto the other post and although clearly making all the initial running McNulty began to find a few breaks of his own and midway through a slick dash down the left involving 3 players led to a missflick defensive block from Ryan that allowed McNulty to crash home off the post a lead nobody could really see coming. Ryan began to react naturally and again went close on 2 more occasions before the half time bleep saved McNulty from going in all square. As the second began it was much of the same McNulty defending deep and concentration levels to the extreme needed. As Ryan became more desperate and Mcnultys Tcha Keeper repelled shot after shot there was optimism for McNulty as he broke quickly on 2 more occasions and one chance rebounded back off the post, as the final whistle drew near Ryan threw everything but simply could not breach Mcnultys rearguard and a 1-0 unlikely first win and defeat was dished out to our Singaporean Perth based brother Marc Ryan in what turned out to be a rare tournament in which every player lost a game.

FINAL STANDINGS:

1/Ross McNulty
2/Marc Ryan
3/Irwan Iskandar
4/Hugh Best
5/Chris Thorn
6/Ron Byrne

Latest World and Asian rankings

Not much movement in Asia in terms of places, across the various rankings.
What is of interest is that there are now 31 people who have dropped out of the rankings, though only 8 new ones in Open, and 4 new in U19.
Our challenge across Asia is to get them back, and to stir things up in Indonesia and Malaysia again!

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2018 FISTF Satellite of Sydney Report

Sydney Satellite Report
29.04.2018

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Report written by Luke Radziminski from the Melbourne Table Football Club:

3am is not your typical wake-up time to travel to a Table Football tournament. But so it was for this tournament, where I undertook the unorthodox journey of pulling a one day trip to and from Sydney to play in the FISTF Satellite in Leichhardt.

4 hours of sleep and functioning for the entire day may be my new record. Sleep deprived and worried I might develop some sort of sleep-onset insomnia through a vicious reconfiguration of my body clock, I managed to drag myself into the car and begin the trip to the Sydney which involved three car legs and a 6:45 am flight.

By 9:30, all of the mornings travels were quickly forgotten as play commenced on the extremepitches at the Associazione Napoletana in Leichhardt. The Open category consisted of 20 entrants- a record for an Australian Satellite event, which included travelling players from Melbourne (2), Perth (1), Canberra (2) and Singapore (1). In addition 5 Juniors contested the U19 Event.

Play underway in Leichhardt

Play underway in Leichhardt

Open Category

Commiserations to Benji who was runner up in the final after narrowly scraping through first place in his group and having to go head to head with the likes of Jonty Brener and Fabrizio Coco in the knockout stage. His match against Fabrizio was a fierce battle where blood was literally shed (albeit just a minor finger cut from Benji). A goal from Benji in the 1st minute of the game was enough as he progressed with a 1-0 win.

Eliot Kennedy of the Northern Flacons came out as the victor after being placed in a ‘group of death’ and battled through the quarters and semis against the likes of Vikas (Singapore) and Raffaele of Sydney TFC. The final against Benji was a tight affair with the scored locked at 1-1 at the break, however two clinical finishes in the second half saw Eliot win his first ever FISTF tournament.

The Open Finalists

The Open Finalists

U19 Category

Gabriel Lombardi of Sydney TFC took out the junior title defeating Jonas Hahn 1-0 in the final in sudden death extra-time. Gabriel won all four of his group games and held his nerve in the tense final to win his first FISTF title.

Gabriel takes on Jonas in the U19 Tournament

Gabriel takes on Jonas in the U19 Tournament

Consolation WASPA Tournament

The Consolation WASPA tournament was designed for those players who did not make it out of the group stage. Even though I had not lost a game in the group stage, literally pulling off a 2010 New Zealand result by drawing all the games, including one against the eventual winner, I finished in third place which sent me to the WASPA tournament. I found myself up against Oliver Ollnow, a junior player of the Northern Falcons in the final. But to my surprise he employed a unique defensive play style and was well disciplined between each flick and decision, which threw me off completely as I have not come across his style of tactics before. Thus, I forced myself to exercise quick-fire shots through the gaps of his defensive line to score two goals as chances were rare. Oliver managed to pull one back on the quick counter but could not find a second goal and I managed to take a 2-1 victory.

The winners

The winners of all three categories with tournament organisers Fabrizio and Tony

Credit for the tournament organisation goes to Fabrizio Coco, Tony Credentino and the Sydney Table Football Club for organising the venue and running the fixtures throughout the day and of course the exceptional Neapolitan Hospitality provided.

We look forward to seeing you all at our final FISTF event for season 2017-18, the Perth International Open to be hosted on July 28-19, 2018. Check out the Facebook event here:  www.facebook.com/events/233484734059485/

 

Subbuteo Parramatta Autumn Junior WASPA Tournament Report

poster 600pxIt has been exactly one year since Good Games Bella Vista played host to Subbuteo Parramatta for the first time. Before the store was even officially opened, it enthusiastically let the club hold a Junior WASPA tournament during the April school holidays. And, so, one year on, the Junior players were back for an anniversary tournament. With 8 players in attendance, the tournament was the largest Juniors only tournament the club has held to date.

The Northern Falcons brought along a strong contingent to join some of the Subbuteo Parramatta regulars and a couple of new players. Oliver and Æowyn were the highest two ranked WASPA players and so took the seeded positions in each group. The other 6 were then drawn randomly into the two groups.

Round One saw Oliver battle his sister, Hermine, the far more experienced older brother taking the honours 3-0. Meanwhile, their club mate Jonas played brand new Subbuteo Parramatta player, Ethan, in his first ever tournament. Ethan put up an excellent showing, but Jonas pipped him 1-0. In Group 2, none of the four players could find the goal. The Elmer sisters hadn’t played since their outing in last September’s Sydney International Open and it was showing as relative newcomer, Angela, playing her second ever tournament, and youngster Moritz, were both able to hold them to scoreless draws.

action shotThe second round was a repeat performance in Group Two, with different player combinations. This time, Imojjen and Æowyn played out a scoreless draw, as did Moritz and Angela. In Group One, Hermine put in an excellent showing, also holding Jonas to a scoreless draw. Tournament favourite, Oliver, put 2 goals past Ethan, the result showing that Ethan was picking up the finer points of the game very quickly.

In the final round, Group One took its turn to go entirely without troubling the scorer as 2 very close games ended in 0-0 draws. Organisers were sweating over some results in Group Two, however, as further draws could have led to a 4-way shootout to determine group positions. In the end, however, both Moritz and Imojjen were able to slip goals past Æowyn and Angela respectively to make the table clear cut.

In the Semi Finals, Moritz played well against Oliver but Oliver’s finishing proved the difference with 4 unanswered goals. Meanwhile, Jonas managed a solitary goal against Imojjen to take his place in the Grand Final. The lower placed players also enjoyed consolation friendlies against each other, with all 4 tables in constant action.

In the 3rd/4th Place Play-off, Moritz and Imojjen played out another 0-0 draw, both agreeing their play had taken a turn for the worse as the day was fading. They were declared equal 3rd place getters. After their goalless draw during the group stage, the Grand Final between Oliver and Jonas was shaping up as yet another close affair. Midway through the first half, Oliver took a lead after dominating much of the play. However, Jonas took this as his cue to renew his efforts and began to carve out chances for himself. Over the course of the rest of the game, both players had a few chances to score but couldn’t dominate. In the end, the early goal proved to be the difference, with Oliver taking the title.

group photoMany thanks again to Good Games Bella Vista for their hospitality, and to Hermann Kruse from the Northern Falcons for bussing the Junior Falcons across the extreme reaches of Sydney and refereeing at the tournament. Well done to all the players who all performed with the camaraderie and fair play that they have come to be known for.

For more photos, click here.

For full results, click here.

report by Adrian Elmer

Applications To Host 2018/19 Season FISTF Tournaments

In order to give all the FISTF tournaments held in Australia the best chance to attract players from around the country and the rest of the world, the ATFA Board is seeking to set its schedule of FISTF tournaments in place by the end of May, 2018. The Board is therefore seeking expressions of interest for the remaining FISTF tournaments for next season. At this point in time, the Melbourne International Open (Melbourne, October 2018) and Australian Grand Prix (Sydney, January 2019) are set in place and an application for the Perth International Open in July 2019 already being processed. Aside from these tournaments, ATFA is permitted a further three FISTF Satellite tournaments.

The Board would like to encourage these tournaments in all parts of Australia, especially those where FISTF tournaments have not previously been held. If you haven’t organised a tournament before, don’t be put off, the Board has great experience in organising them and will do everything they can to assist you.

In order to apply to host a tournament, clubs (or collections of clubs in the same city) are encouraged to look at the application process which can be found by clicking here. Send an e-mail to Adrian Elmer once your application is together and the ATFA Board will then consider it. Applications are being sought for the remaining three/four tournaments by May 6, 2018, in order to have the calendar of events for the 2018/19 season set by the end of May, 2018.